Patent foramen Ovale PFO

By |May 27th, 2019|Vlog|0 Comments

A PFO is best thought of as a communication at the level of the atrial septum between the left heart and the right heart.

It is found in 25-30% of a normal healthy population and usually does not cause any symptoms, impact on the quality of life or lifespan.

Many people refer to it as a ‘hole in the heart’ although strictly speaking, a PFO is more like a flap or a partially open door rather than a gaping hole.

Most patients with PFO are asymptomatic. However, there are 4 situations in which a PFO may be important and partially be responsible for harm.

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